"FIFA's priority remains the health of everyone involved in the operation and we will look into finding a new opportunity to invite the boys to a Federation Internationale de Football Association event to share with them a moment of communion and celebration". He said, "The situation went beyond just being a rescue mission and became a symbol of unity among man". Social media has been abuzz for days with chatter about the inevitable "Thailand Cave Rescue: The Movie".
The rescued group are all now recovering in hospital.
Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a public health inspector, said earlier Tuesday that the boys lost an average of 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) while they were trapped.
Despite spending days in the dark, dank cave health officials said the boys - who are aged 11 to 16 - are in good physical and mental health.
An American involved in the operation described the perilous zero-visibility dives that brought the boys out safely as a "once in a lifetime rescue". Relatively mild weather and a massive effort to pump out water created a window of opportunity.
The authorities had previously denied the children were drugged but Prayut Chan-o-Cha confirmed that they had been given an anxiolytic "to make them not excited, not stressed".
He said the children hadn't eaten any food in the nine days before they were found, and drank murky water from inside the cave, which saved them.
After completion of the rescue effort on Tuesday night, Harris learned his own father had died. "I want to say thanks to those who rescued my boy". "Without him, in this operation, I don't think we could have succeeded".
The group remains in quarantine in Chiang Rai hospital, where one of the last batch of people to leave the cave has "minor pneumonia", he said.
Wrapped in foil blankets to keep them warm, the boys are threaded through a claustrophobic tunnel compared to the "S-bend" of a toilet. They were found by a pair of British divers almost 10 days later, huddled on a small, dry shelf just above the water, smiling with relief but visibly skinny. The film would honor Kunan and the hundreds of rescue workers and volunteers who risked their lives and selflessly gave their time to helping the stranded boys, Scott said.
The nerve-shredding three-day operation ended on Tuesday when the final members of the "Wild Boars" were freed from the cave which had held them captive since June 23.
The most unsafe part of the journey out of the labyrinthine cave system was the first kilometer, during which they were required to squeeze through a narrow flooded channel.
"I haven't asked the coach yet why he chose that order", he said.
The global bid to extract the team garnered attention from around the world after the team found themselves trapped on June 23 when they entered the cave after practice and were blocked by floodwaters.
Kanthawong said he just wanted to support the team now that the players were out.
"We made them relaxed and calm and slowly moved them out".
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